CLEVELAND -- The Cleveland Courage Funds, set up by three Cleveland City Council members to benefit kidnap survivors Gina DeJesus, Michelle Knight, and Amanda Berry and her daughter, now total more than $480,000.
More than 5,100 individual donations have been made to them through the Funds.
Donations have come from all 50 states, Washington, D.C. and from several foreign countries. The total includes major new gifts -- $50,000 from the Cleveland Foundation and $10,000 from Key Bank, which is also providing pro bono financial counsel to the survivors.
Trusts for each of the four survivors are being created to accept all donations received through the Cleveland Foundation and Key Bank.
The Cleveland Courage Funds were set up at the Cleveland Foundation and Key Bank two days after the release of the survivors.
The Centers for Families and Children will accept the funds from the Cleveland Foundation as a fiscal intermediary and distribute 100 percent of the donations to the four survivors' trust funds.
In addition, 100 percent of donations to the Cleveland Courage Fund at Key Bank will go directly into the survivors' trust funds.
"Jones Day has worked with the Cleveland Foundation, Key Bank, The Centers for Families and Children, the Ohio Attorney General's office and Cleveland City Council members Brian Cummins, Matt Zone and Dona Brady to develop this structure to assure the public that every penny donated goes to the survivors," said Jim Wooley, Jones Day attorney who is speaking on behalf of the survivors.
Donors can give online here or via U.S. mail at Cleveland Courage Fund c/o the Cleveland Foundation, 1422 Euclid Ave., Suite 1300, Cleveland, OH 44115.
Donors can also give to the Cleveland Courage Fund at any Key Bank branch in Northeast Ohio.